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Calculating calorie intake

Hopefully you have been keeping a log or journal of everything that you have eaten over the past few days, because today I want to show you how to calculate how many calories that consumption represents.

And, I hope that you have been scrupulously honest in doing so.  There won’t be any calorie police showing up at your door to check on you, but neither will your friends be telling you how good you look if you haven’t lost any weight.

Don’t forget to include the things you drink as well as the food that you eat.  Remember that alcohol contains calories and if you are drinking your calories instead of eating them you may have that hungry feeling far more often than you’d like!

So, if you have a few days worth of food logged in, it’s time to visit a few web sites to see what you have going on.  To start with, go here http://www.nytimes.com/ref/health/caloriecounter.html and enter in some information about sex, age, height, weight and activity level, along with a weight that you’d like to weigh by a certain date.  That will calculate how many calories a day you need to eat in order to reach your goal weight by the day that you specify.

Now for the eye opener…go to http://caloriecount.about.com/ and create a free account.  After you have done that, enter in the foods that you have eaten from your journal to see how many calories you have been consuming.  In this case, the more days that you have to enter, the more accurate the results will be.  If you were like me, you will see that you are consuming far more calories than are needed for effective weight loss. 

Finally, go to http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm to get some suggestions on the calorie intake you need to maintain your weight, have a moderate or an extreme weight loss plan.

All of these web sites have some very interesting reading associated with the calculators and I really do urge you to nose around and learn all that you can while you are there.  Like for every pound of fat you have to lose you have to burn 3,500 calories.  Or stated another way, in order to lose 1 pound a week, you have to eat 3500 calories a week less than you are now.  Put in daily terms, drop 500 calories a day from your diet and you will lose a pound a week.

More about this later, but for now start clicking on those links!

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